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From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

“The true test of a person’s character is what he/she does when no one is watching.”

Coach John Wooden

April was another banner month for CVCHS having been selected as one of the State’s best public charter high schools and hosting our annual Open House.
We were pleased to learn that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized CVCHS as a 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award recipient.  CVCHS was one of only two Contra Costa County high schools and 15 charter schools throughout California which were recognized by the California Department of Education.
Specifically, CVCHS was acknowledged for its exceptional Targeted Case Management (TCM) program which officially launched in Fall 2015 to help augment our existing intervention programs: Saturday Bridge, Saturday Credit Recovery, Advanced Academics Online, Afterschool Peer Tutoring, and Failure Free Policy.
As a result of TCM, CVCHS has demonstrated increased academic success for students, improved attendance rates, positive relationships between caring educators and students, increased graduation (from 95% to 96%) and college rates (from 97% to 99%), and enhanced parent participation.

CVCHS embraces the motto that exemplifies our TCM program:  "Kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Our counselors and administrators go the "extra mile" to work weekly with their TCM students to improve their grades and attendance.  TCM has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students. The award is a testament to the hard work, commitment and shared focused vision of our administration and staff to offer a world class education preparing our students for 21st century careers.

Additionally, CVCHS hosted our annual Open House in April.  It’s a great opportunity for our school community to showcase student excellence to our parents.  I’m impressed by the participation level and genuine interest of our parents visiting classrooms and speaking with teachers about their student’s progress. 

Moreover, it’s a great evening to showcase individual projects and highlight outstanding achievements by our students.

For example, our Arts Expo packed our multi-purpose room where students exhibited over 400 works encompassing sculpture, graphic arts, photography, painting, drawing, video and mixed media.  This year, CVCHS Arts Academy added a new 3-D Modeling category via our Engineering class. 

The Art Expo is judged by local professional artists who carefully consider each entry and award cash prizes as well as certificates and medals.   CVCHS is fortunate for the generosity from our sponsors including the Clayton Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, The Michelangelo D'Onofrio Arts Foundation and local businesses who support the Arts here at CVCHS!

Open House also showcases the semester-long projects of our Public Service Academy students.  Each presentation details individual community service projects which are designed to foster our students with portable life-skills including critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.  It’s yet another example of how CVCHS students provide meaningful involvement in their community and prepare themselves for post high school education and public service careers.

As a final note, I wanted to share a special correspondence Coach Coakley received from one of our community residents:

"Hi there, not sure who to send this to, but I just wanted to say a Thank You to the boys who helped load a piano into the back of my truck this morning around 7:35. It was a free piano on Academy Drive, across from the last parking lot by the field. A bunch of boys who were finishing up baseball practice came over and lifted it in for me. Super helpful and they worked as a team to figure it out. I greatly appreciate it. My son has special needs and we've been looking for a free piano for him to use for music therapy. When we saw the piano I was afraid to leave it sit there as it would be gone fast, but had no way of lifting it. Those boys are my son's heroes. Please thank them for me and make sure they know how much we appreciated their help!"

This sums up what CVCHS is all about.  Our primary mission at Clayton Valley is to make a difference by helping parents raise great kids who make our community strong.  I take great pride that our students are of good character and compassionate people who thrive to be first-class citizens.  Our baseball team should be commended for doing the right thing and making a difference in our community.  The true test of character is what one does when no one is watching. 

Proud of our Ugly Eagle family!

In Your Service,

David Linzey








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Welcome to Clayton Valley Charter High School! The vision is clear: We will prepare our students for college admissions equipped with 21st century skills. All students have a right to a world-class education and this is the mission of Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS). All of the faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to this challenge and we invite parents to join us as partners to make this vision a reality. The CVCHS administration, board of directors, teachers and staff are united with a clear vision to ensure that we provide our students with a rigorous and relevant education.

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School funding comes directly from student's daily attendance.  When they attend school, even for a portion of the day, we receive full funding for that day.  When your student does not attend at all, we receive no funding at all.  Since 2007, California funding for public education (which includes charter schools) has been reduced significantly causing a tremendous strain on schools to offer educational programs.  We need each student here everyday, even if it is only for a part of the day (after doctor's and dentist appointments, etc.).  CVCHS can actually increase our state funding if every parent does their best to get their students to school everyday.  Thanks!

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News and Announcements


The sign-up for student parking begins today for Seniors only! Priority is granted to Seniors when applying for a parking space and Juniors will be placed in a lottery for any remaining spaces. For all the details, please click the link above.


Cookies & Cram is a time for students to receive some additional help in specific subjects as they head into finals. Each day will be a different focus. For all the details click the link above.


CVCHS is proud to announce that our school has been honored by the California Department of Education as a Gold Ribbon School! Only two high schools in Contra Costa County were designated as Gold Ribbon Schools – CVCHS and Middle College HS in WCCUSD. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards. Congratulations to the entire Clayton Valley team for the hard work that made this award possible!!!


This year the CVCHS Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 will be held at the Concord Pavilion on June 1, 2017. Doors open at 4:30pm and the ceremony will be begin at 6:00pm. Please click the link above for all the details.


Our student tutoring program is underway Monday - Thursday for 1 hour each day after school. A group of exceptional students have been selected to provide peer tutoring for this school year. Please click above for all the details and to sign up!


Are you interested in driving to school this year but didn't get a parking spot? This year CVCHS is working with the City of Concord to provide overflow parking at Boatwright Fields! For all the information on where to go, how to register, etc. please click the link above. Happy parking!


Are you curious about the new literacy program at CVCHS? Achieve3000® believes that every student — mainstream, English language learners, special needs and gifted alike — can reach higher. That all students have the ability to improve their reading and writing. And that with this ability, they have the means to master the curriculum...to meet the standards set by Common Core...to be prepared for college and career.

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